Igudesman & Joo © Julia Wesely
Igudesman & Joo © Julia Wesely
Aleksey Igudesman | Hyung-ki Joo


  • Aleksey Igudesman violin & comedy
  • Hyung-ki Joo piano & comedy


“Happy Birthday, Sergei Rachmaninoff!”

A birthday show designed, composed, and performed by Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo
ca. 80 min | This concert has no intermission.


When it comes to big anniversaries, you really have to live it up, as they say. And since Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday happens to fall precisely on this Saturday, we plan to give him a musical toast — an homage that will also aim for your funny bone, for the hilarious duo Igudesman & Joo will be there to do the honors. Both are genuine virtuosos: one a violinist, the other a pianist. But instead of isolating themselves in an ivory tower, they winningly combine classical music with humor. One of their favorites is Rachmaninoff, whose notoriously large hands inspired them to write a famous skit. We wouldn’t want to overlook that gem in our birthday tribute, but there’s also plenty of new material, like the song They Call Me Sergei or a fictional encounter with the Bee Gees. In fact, Rachmaninoff has had an especially powerful impact on pop culture: Frank Sinatra “stole” his melodies, and film composers and commercials have likewise availed themselves of his music. Incidentally, Rachmaninoff himself was by no means merely given to melancholy. When the violinist Fritz Kreisler once got lost in the score at a joint concert in New York and asked in despair: “Where are we, Sergei?” Rachmaninoff answered glibly: “In Carnegie Hall!”

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The KKL Luzern is located right next to Lucerne railway station. On account of the traffic and parking situation, it is recommended during Festival season that visitors use public transportation. 

    Arriving by train & bus
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    Park & Ride
    Various train stations outside the City of Lucerne have a Park & Ride offer for those traveling by train to Lucerne. The following train stations, which have abundant parking spaces, are especially handy: Sursee, Rotkreuz, Zug, Wolhusen, Arth-Goldau, and Sarnen.

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  • Cloakroom

    There are coat checkrooms not only in the basement, but also on the 2nd and 4th floors. Handbags up to a size of 42 x 29.7 x 29.7 cm (A3) may be taken into the concert hall. All larger bags and luggage as well as other bulky items must be checked for a fee of CHF 5.00 per item. For security reasons, coats and jackets may also not be taken into the concert hall and can be left at the checkroom free of charge.

  • Wheelchair seating

    The main concert hall of the KKL Lucerne has six wheelchair spaces available on special terms. Accompanying persons cannot be assured of obtaining a seat in the same price range or in the general vicinity.

    To reserve wheelchair spaces please call our ticket sales office directly at +41 (0)41 226 4480. Wheelchair spaces are always made available as soon as online ticket sales begin but can only be reserved by telephone.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The main KKL Concert Hall opens 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert. For the sake of the musicians and the audience, latecomers will not be admitted until intermission or at the discretion of the Concert Hall staff. In certain instances concerts will have no intermission and allow no latecomers.

    If the concert is missed on account of late arrival, tickets will not be refunded.

  • Gastronomy

    In the KKL Luzern
    In the mood for a cocktail at the Seebar? Coffee and fine pastries at the Le Piaf? Or would you prefer a multi-course menu in the Gault MiIlau-rated restaurant Lucide? The culinary possibilities in the KKL Luzern are many and varied. Before the concert begins, you can reserve your drinks and snacks for intermission at the KKL information desk in the main lobby of the KKL Luzern. Overview of the restaurants

    From 4th August to 11th September, enjoy refreshing drinks and Mediterranean delicacies in a summery ambience, among olive trees and fresh herbs, with a wonderful view over Lake Lucerne and Lucerne's old town. Combine culinary delights and culture with the "Summer Lounge Ouverture Apéro Package". The perfect opening of your concert evening at this year's Summer Festival of Lucerne Festival. More

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism